Kampung Melayu suicide bomb attack kills five, including two bombers

Kampung Melayu suicide bomb attack kills five, including two bombers

Kampung Melayu bus station area di East Jakarta after two bomb blast on Wednesday night (24/5/2017). (ANTARA /Galih Pradipta)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Indonesian Police have confirmed that five people comprising three police officers and two suspected suicide bombers were killed in the two bomb blasts on Wednesday evening di Kampung Melayu bus station area in East Jakarta.

Inspector General Setyo Wasisto, spokesman of the Police Headquarters, revealed here on Thursday that 11 people comprising six police officers and five civilians were injured in the bomb attack.

The five civilians were drivers of public vehicles, two female university students, and an employee of a state enterprise.

The victims were rushed to the Premier Jatinegara Hospital, Said Sukanto Kramat Jati Police Hospital, Budi Asih Hospital, and Hermina Hospital that were located nearby.

The two bombs exploded respectively at 9 p.m. and 9:05 p.m. local time.

The dead and injured police officers were on duty to guard a group of people who will holding a torch parade welcoming the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan that night. The parade had not yet passed by when the blasts occurred.

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has instructed Chief of the National Police General Tito Karnavian to quell the network of the suicide bombers.

"I have ordered the National Police chief to totally crush the network of the perpetrators. We have instructed to quell it until its roots," he stated at his private residence, in Solo, Central Java, Thursday.

The president also expressed his condolences to the victims and families of the suicide bombing.

"I convey deep condolences to the victims and their families, including those still in hospital and dead, particularly the police officers on duty," Jokowi stated.

Sympathy and condolences were also expressed by Jakartas elected Governor Anies Baswedan to the victims of the suicide bomb attack. He also condemned the terror attack.

"I strongly deplore it," he said, adding that terror attacks on any location cannot be tolerated.

He called on every citizen of Jakarta to remain calm and to help maintain security and unity.

The former education and culture minister has urged Jakartans to trust the legal enforcers to investigate the case.

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